Majorities of respondents in 22 of 24 nations are concerned that
cases of Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) might be detected in
their country soon, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 15 developed
countries and 9 developing nations released today, Ipsos said in a news
In the developed nations, 39% of respondents said they
are aware of MERS, while in the developing countries 49% are aware.
Awareness among the developed nations is highest in France (59%), Sweden
(51%), and Italy (49%) and lowest in Australia (20%), Spain (26%), and
Hungary (28%). In the nine developing countries, awareness is highest in
China (67%), India (63%), and Saudi Arabia (62%)—home to most of the
world's 90 confirmed MERS cases—and lowest in South Africa (35%), Mexico
(35%), and Brazil (35%).
When it comes to the chance of MERS
cases in their country "in the near future," 59% total (and 65% of those
aware) in the developed nations and 70% total (and 78% of those aware)
in the developing countries expressed concern.